The Catholic boarding school, at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal, is banned from accepting new students as it is accused of failing to protect and promote the welfare of students.
- Enforcement action taken against Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire
- The school was accused of failing to protect and promote the welfare of the students.
- Ampleforth last night challenged the decision as "unjustified" and said she would appeal
A leading Catholic boarding school at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal has been banned from accepting new students.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson yesterday launched enforcement action against Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.
The school, which charges £ 36,486 a year to boarding students, has been accused of failing to protect and promote the welfare of students and will be banned from accepting new students from December 29th.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson took enforcement action against Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire yesterday (pictured)
Ampleforth last night challenged the decision as "unjustified" and said she would appeal.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate visited the school in March 2018 and found that a number of Independent School Standards (ISS) were not being followed.
Ampleforth College, attended by alumni such as actor Rupert Everett and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, put forward a plan of action that was rejected by Mr Williamson.
Ampleforth College, attended by alumni such as actor Rupert Everett and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, put forward a plan of action that was rejected by Mr Williamson (pictured).
Ofsted conducted an "emergency inspection" in September which found deficiencies related to "student welfare, health and safety", boarding student protection and "quality of leadership".
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The enforcement document states: “The St. Laurence Education Trust, the owner of Ampleforth College, must stop admitting new students to this school. This pertinent restriction will apply immediately after the 28-day appeal period has expired.
A cover letter stated that Mr. Williamson considered the deficiencies "very serious".
It added that the school "has shown some willingness to improve and has made some progress since March 2018" – but said it was "too slow" and "inadequate".
Two weeks ago, Ampleforth was heavily criticized for responding to allegations of sexual abuse committed by some of his Benedictine monks over several years.
The independent investigation into child sexual abuse found that five people – mostly monks – associated with Ampleforth had been convicted or warned of crimes related to child sexual activity or pornography.
The report alleged that Abbot Timothy Wright, who was in charge of the college from 1997 to 2005, had "an immovable attitude towards allegations of child sexual abuse".
A Head Boy said last night: "We will bring this up on the basis that we believe and have been advised that this is unjustified and based on incorrect information."
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